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As Terror Wave Swells, Israel Pushes Deeper Into the West Bank

A certain chicken-and-egg question arises, however: The Israeli army expands its operation to thwart attacks, but daily friction with Palestinians fuels calls for revenge

Amos Harel
Amos Harel
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Amos Harel
Amos Harel

We should not be misled by the migration of the incidents this week from Israel proper toward the West Bank. The present wave of terrorism looks to be far from over, not least because the possibility of disrupting the Passover week is a lure for would-be perpetrators. As expected, the success of four acts of terrorism in Israel’s cities within less than a month brought in its wake a wave of copycats. (On Thursday it turned out that the murder of a foreign worker from Moldova in Jerusalem at the end of March was also an act of terror.) The pressure now being exerted by the Israel Defense Forces and the Shin Bet security service, particularly in the northern West Bank, is what’s pushing the violence to the rear, into the territories.

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